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Devon Britt-Darby will be the featured speaker for April 25th. He will be speaking on this month’s global theme, “SEX.”

Devon Britt-Darby studied photography and painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, later earning a communications degree at the University of Houston. From 2001 to 2004 he wrote the popular blog Devon the Escort’s Diary about his adventures as a San Francisco-based sex worker. His collaboration with Reese Darby on the 2011 performance The Art Gay Marries a Woman drew coverage in Salon, The Huffington Post, Art F City, Texas Monthly, Glasstire, and other publications. His work has been exhibited at Art League Houston, Zoya Tommy Contemporary and Avis Frank Gallery. The former art critic for the Houston Chronicle, Britt-Darby is the visual arts editor for Arts + Culture Texas magazine.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Day Parking is limited for Aurora Picture Show. Attendees are encouraged to carpool for this event. Street parking is available on Bartlett St. and North Blvd. Also, for this one time only the nice folks over at Goode Co. Barbecue and the Armadillo Palace (both locations are near Kirby) will allow our attendees to park in their parking lot until 10:30am

Projector testing at Aurora Picture Show
*Photo by Ian Leonard via Instagram @easementh

Just to be clear on the schedule for the upcoming Creative Mornings Houston event—here is the breakdown.
8:30 AM — Doors open at Aurora Picture Show. Attendees fill out Icebreaker Tags, scoop up free breakfast courtesy of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, grab coffee courtesy of Greenway Coffee, and mingle with their fellow attendees.
9:00 AM — People get seated 
9:10 – 9:40 AM — Music performance by Andrew Karnavas (Runaway Sun) + Grace Rodriguez & 20 min talk by Hillerbrand+Magsamen
9:409:50 AMQ & A

*photography by Hillerbrand + Magsamen

The next Creative Mornings Houston event is sneaking up rapidly! OH MY GOSH! It’s happening this coming Friday, the 28th! We’re very excited! But, we could use some helping hands…
We’re in need of 5 to 6 volunteers, who can help check in people and guide people to available parking, etc.
 We would need your help at Aurora Picture Show from 8:00—9:00am. If you’re interested in helping out—please email us at erma@culturepilot.com or shawna@culturepilot.com. 

Hillerbrand + Magsamen will be the featured speakers for March 28th. They will be speaking on the topic of “Hidden.”

Hillerbrand + Magsamen are a collaborative husband and wife visual artist team of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. They expand their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and consumer excess with their performance based videos, photography and installations. They exhibit their work internationally in galleries, museums and festivals. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance, a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and they received a Houston Airport System’s video commission to be installed in the fall of 2014 at Intercontinental Airport. Stephan Hillerbrand is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston and Mary Magsamen is the Curator at Aurora Picture Show. They have two children, three dogs and a chicken.

photograph by Trish Badger
To kick things off at Dance Source Houston, for Creative Mornings Houston—we asked this amazing man if he would play a few songs for us. Sergio Trevino, the vocals/guitar for Buxton & Ancient Cat Society, not only agreed—but was happy to serenade a packed house so early in the morning! Great job, Sergio! Everyone loved you!
Check out his websites for the latest news on his upcoming shows, and to check out the latest music. 

image via culturepilot, on instagram
The straight-talking, no bs, Aimee Woodall kicked ass in her talk on the subject of “Rebel.” She spoke to a packed house at Dance Source Houston, kicking off our very first Creative Mornings Houston event! For more insights on her talk through her slides—please check out http://www.slideshare.net/theblacksheepagency/aimee-woodall-creative-mornings-houston-the-pursuit-of-happiness. Aimee graciously agreed to put her slides up for the audience’s viewing pleasure. Thanks, Aimee!


It’s our VERY FIRST CREATIVE MORNINGS HOUSTON event, and we’re almost sold out. Only THREE tickets remain (as of this very moment, 7:30 pm)!!! We’re a little excited. Here’s Jonah Hill’s impression of how we are feeling right now. (via http://awesomegifs.com/?s=excited)

Ummm, yeah! We’re excited about #cmHou. Thank you, Trish Badger for taking this photo of us (Shawna Forney + Erma Tijerina). Though we were the blinkiest of blinkers, you captured our cheesy hand clap—while our eyes were actually open :)

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